Health

Restrictions imposed in several states in India as COVID 19 cases rise

India’s
richest state, Maharashtra, said on Saturday it would close swimming pools and
gyms from Monday while schools and colleges have been closed till Feb 15 after
daily cases in the state jumped to over 41,000.

The
state government has said only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into
private offices while limiting the capacity to 50% of the total workforce.

In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, authorities have extended night curfew
hours and cancelled leave for all healthcare personnel.

Prime
Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation
later on Sunday, according to government sources.

The
health ministry reported 327 new deaths, taking the official death toll since
the start of the pandemic to 483,790. Total infections stand at 35.52 million.

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